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Things to Do in La Jolla

May 15, 2013 | By | Reply More

Many La Jolla homes have swimming pools and ocean views.

There are so many things to do in La Jolla that it’s usually hard to know where to start.

However, if you’ll be in town this weekend (May 18-19) and you’d like to see some of La Jolla’s best private gardens – the decision is easy.

The Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla on Saturday offers a chance to wander through six beautiful gardens and, in most cases, also the homes they surround. This year these houses range from two La Jolla Farms properties (near UCSD) that might remind you of the Italian countryside, as well as a Cape Cod cottage garden, a 1925 California Tudor with garden, and a lofty estate with lushly landscaped grounds.

You can buy tickets on the La Jolla Historical Society’s Web site. The tour is self-guided – drive yourself from house to house, spending as much time as you want in each place. Maps are provided. The gardens are open from 10am to 4pm – which means your things to do in La Jolla will also include choosing a spot for lunch.

Caroline’s Seaside Café is located on the beach in La Jolla Shores.

Some of my favorite places are Caroline’s Seaside Café (if you park in the nearby lot, don’t forget to pay), The Shores Restaurant, and The Museum Café.

When you tour the gardens, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lots of local residents. This annual event is very popular because it’s a fundraiser for the La Jolla Historical Society, but also because we like to have a look-see at each other’s homes and gardens.

The other folks you’ll notice are musicians and artists who add a touch of class to the day.

More things to do in La Jolla: stop by the Secret Garden Boutique at Wisteria Cottage, 780 Prospect Street between 9 am and 5:30 pm. They’ll be selling succulents, orchids, antiques, gourmet farm products, and vintage garden art.

This year, I’m one of many plant information volunteers who will be on hand in the gardens to answer question.I hope you’ll stop by and say hello.

Come and join us May 18, 2013, for the popular Secret Garden Tour of La Jolla.


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I live in La Jolla and I'm a travel writer, so in addition to enjoying my home town's great weather, beautiful surroundings, and range of cultural and recreational options, I also see La Jolla - and the rest of San Diego - as a travel destination. And what I see sometimes drives me batty. People vacation in La Jolla, but don't take advantage of everything our community offers, so I decided to start this blog and provide insider advice for out-of-towners. Hey. I figure if I can write insider tips about exotic destinations on Authentic Luxury Travel, I ought to be able to lead readers off the beaten path that starts just outside my front door. In the process, I'm having fun revisiting my favorite places and discovering some new ones. Travel writers are naturally snoopy, and this blog is my excuse to have a good ol' sticky beak around my home town. I hope you find it helpful. If you are coming to La Jolla or another area of San Diego and would like my help in planning your trip, please read "Need Help Planning Your Trip" and then email me at ehansen298@aol.com. Elizabeth Hansen

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